Our cat Inquisitor died yesterday of unknown but apparently natural causes. She was nearly 11 years old.
Inquisitor was adopted on October 9, 1999 as an approximately 4 month old kitten. She was adopted along with 2 month old Ace. The lady we adopted her from had rescued her and called her Playful, for she was an extremely active and friendly kitten.
At top, Last picture of Inquisitor. Above, first picture of Inquisitor.
She got her name because as a kitten she would get into everything and had to investigate everything. Her nickname was Quizzie. Throughout her life she was always the friendliest of our cats, usually she was the only one that would come out when strangers came over.
She had a very loud meow and and a very loud purr that would wake you in the morning.
She was especially Anne's cat, she would often follow Anne around. She spent a great deal of time sitting next to the computer while Anne was working. For most people who have ordered our games in the last few years. Inquisitor was there when Anne processed the order, providing quality control.
She had some long term health issues, which may or may not have contributed to her somewhat early death. However, she lived a very active life in her 11 years as she slept remarkably little as a young cat.
The picture above is a rare picture of all 4 of our cats. How did I get them all together at once? There's catnip all over the floor, which is why they all have their noses in the carpet.
A few weeks ago we had a major catfight in our household. We're still not entirely sure how it started. Anne was trying to clip the kitten Random's claws. Random was kicking up a fuss about it. For some reason, this set Pumpkin off. She started attacking Anne, then she attacked Random and Inquisitor. When I got involved, she attacked me. At one point, Pumpkin literally scared the crap out of Random - that was a little mess to clean up.
In the end, Pumpkin spent a total of 6 days in isolation, in one of the bedrooms (she had her own food, water, and litter box in there). She finally got back out to roam the entire house again after we took all of the cats in to the vet for a previously scheduled annual checkup. When they returned from the vet, the collective experience of the traumatic trip to the vet made them forget about their differences and get along again.
Pumpkin, the attacker
Random, the victim (but don't let that fool you - he attacks Pumpkin with great vigor).
He's getting bigger.
Inquisitor, the innocent victim in the whole affair
Ace, pretty much completely uninvolved. Hiding under the bed at the first sign of trouble has it's advantages.